Hot Media with Bob Mann

Hot Media with Bob Mann

Hot Media with Bob Mann examines the hottest media controversies and the hottest new content in mass media. Bob Mann, the creator and host, is Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Caldwell University in New Jersey. He is also a veteran broadcaster. Mann and his guests will not just discuss news and political coverage but movies, TV shows and sports coverage.... Show More

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September 17, 2020 28 min

"Hot Media with Bob Mann" episode 142 features Bob's interview with freelance journalist and producer Morgan Givens. Morgan explains how hiring more people of color as journalists is only the first step toward producing inclusive news coverage. This interview is inspired by Morgan's recent appearance at the SPJ Journalism Conference. Morgan also talks with Bob about his podcast "Flyest Fables." 

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Episode 141 of "Hot Media with Bob Mann" combines an interview about challenges facing college journalists and Bob's ode to drive-in movie theaters. Bob's guest is Rod Hicks of the Society of Professional Journalists. In the commentary, Bob talks about a great night at a local drive-in. It's an American tradition being revived during the COVID crisis. 

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"It's a pageant" is a line from the political satire movie "Wag the Dog." It's also the title of "Hot Media with Bob Mann" episode 140 about the media and the 2020 POTUS campaign. Professor Paul Levinson is my guest. TV is once again a major player in the election and show biz techniques play a major part in the process.

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The 19th* is one of the most exciting new developments in the media. This new, nonprofit platform for reporting on gender, politics and policy is the topic of "Hot Media with Bob Mann" episode 139. Bob's guest is The 19th* Deputy Editor Abby Johnston. 

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August 20, 2020 27 min

Episode 138 of "Hot Media with Bob Mann" previews the annual conference of the Society of Professional Journalists. The digital event will happen next month and will focus on the "3 Ps" of Pandemic, Protests and Politics. Bob's guest is SPJ President Patti Newberry.

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August 14, 2020 15 min

Episode 137 of "Hot Media with Bob Mann" is a departure from Bob's previous podcasts. The episode is titled "Better Update Your Syllabus! Bob does a monologue (with soundbites from past guests) to explore the many changes and updates he is making in his Communication & Media Studies courses due to the tumultuous events and issues of 2020. 

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"Hot Media with Bob Mann" episode 136 is titled "Civil Dialogue in Uncivil Times." Public discourse has become personal and confrontational. Communication needs to be civil, but politeness doesn't save a democracy. True Cvil Dialogue requires honesty. Bob's guest is Dr. Clark Olson, Professor at Arizona State University and author of "Hot Topics, Cool Heads." The discussion relates civil dialogue con...

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July 24, 2020 21 min

"Hot Media with Bob Mann" episode 135 looks at two key issues raised in President Trump's interview with Chris Wallace. Trump said polls showing him trailing Biden are "fake." The President also said he's not committing to accepting the results of the election. Bob talks with Political Science Professor Dan Cassino about the media's use of polls and what happens if an incumbent President won't leave ...

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"It's a Podcast About Podcasting." That's the title of episode 134 of "Hot Media with Bob Mann." Bob's frequent guest, Dr. Paul Levinson, talks about the latest episodes of his podcast "Light On Light Through." Bob and Paul discuss the art of the monologue and the ability to publish when you truly have something to say about issues of the day. They also discuss the balance between seriousness and...

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July 10, 2020 18 min

Episode 133 of "Hot Media with Bob Mann" is about a new book entitled "Surviving the Holocaust: The Legacy of Peter Jablonski." Bob's guest is author John McIntyre. They discuss Peter's heroic story and also talk about the process of self-publishing. In addition, John tells about his work with his co-author, Holocaust survivor George Mandelbaum.

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July 3, 2020 27 min

"Hot Media with Bob Mann" episode 132 looks at an old school sitcom designed for the modern digital age. Bob's guest is TV writer/producer Len Klatt. He and Bob discuss a new show in development called "Here to There." The half-hour comedy series is built on the time-tested 3-camera-shoot sitcom but will never be pitched to networks. It's designed for podcasts, You Tube, vlogs and other digital platforms. 

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June 26, 2020 26 min

"Hot Media with Bob Mann" episode 131, "The Whole World Is Watching!" looks at media coverage of the protest movement. Bob's guest is Rod Hicks of the Society of Professional Journalists. Bob and Rod also discuss the need for more African-American journalists to provide black perspectives in media coverage and commentary. 

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June 19, 2020 15 min

"Hot Media with Bob Mann" episode 130 "Goodbye Joe Friday" looks at the future of TV police dramas in light of the global protests over police brutality. Some critics of the genre have described the heroic image of police on TV with the term "copaganda." Reality shows such as COPS have already been cancelled in response to the protest movement.  Bob's guest, well-known TV critic David Hinckley, feels tha...

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June 12, 2020 22 min

Episode 129 of "Hot Media with Bob Mann" focuses on issues and lessons from the documentary film "Revolution 67" and their relevance today. Bob's guests are filmmakers Marylou and Jerome Bongiorno. Their documentary trilogy about Newark New Jersey contains powerful stories and insights which contribute a great deal to our national conversation today. 

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June 3, 2020 26 min

There have been numerous attacks on working journalists by the police during the recent protests around our nation. This is shocking in a nation in which freedom of the press is guaranteed by law. "Hot Media with Bob Mann" episode 128 takes a look at this situation. Bob's guest is Patti Newberry, President of the Society of Professional Journalists. 

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May 29, 2020 19 min

Episode 127 of "Hot Media with Bob Mann" examines the battle between President Trump and Twitter. There are many issues at play. These issues include the First Amendment rights of the media platform, fact checking, allegations that Trump is abusing his power and Mr. Trump's claims that conservative voices are silenced. Bob's guest is Political Science Professor Dan Cassino. 

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May 22, 2020 17 min

The topic of "Hot Media with Bob Mann" episode 126 is an amazing multi-media project entitled "Hope After Hate." Broadcast Journalist & Professor Hagit Limor is Bob's guest. Hagit has a love of teaching. She brought her students into the "Hope After Hate" project which is very personal to her. It centers on the story of her father Moniek who survived the Holocaust as a child. The focus of this HM epi...

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May 15, 2020 21 min

Hot Media with Bob Mann episode 125 is entitled "Doctor My Eyes!" We're watching a lot of TV during the quarantine. Some of it is great and some of it annoying. We sort it out with Professor Paul Levinson of Fordham University. Dr. Levinson also explains how this can be a great opportunity to catch up on classic series we never had time to watch. 

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May 8, 2020 18 min

Hot Media with Bob Mann episode 124 looks at the renaissance of radio during the quarantine. Bob's guest is Kenny O'Boyle, General Manager of WFDU Broadcast Media. The episode ends with Bob's tribute to the TV comedy show "Brockmire" which had its series finale this past week. 

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May 1, 2020 21 min

Hot Media with Bob Mann episode 123 looks at the refusal of some audience members to believe the dangers of COVID-19. Bob's guest is Rod Hicks of the Society of Professional Journalists. 

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